Forestry

Forestry
The first Black Wattle trees were planted in Rio Grande do Sul in 1918, in the county of Sao Leopoldo, cultivating about 700 trees. In 1928 the first commercial farming occurred in the county of Estrela and higher scale farming began in 1930.

The first trees planted in the past have given way to thousands of acres of Black Wattle trees, with the participation of hundreds of rural producers. This is the reason the acacia cultivation has become a very important economic and social activity in the State of Rio Grande do Sul.
Commitment Seta is committed in the long term with the Principles and Criteria of the FSC, in order to guarantee a sustainable production, assuring resources for present and future generations.

The forest handling applied by the company was evaluated by the IMAFLORE – Handling and Certification Forestry and Agricultural Institute, through the SmartWood Program, based on the Institutional Patterns of the FSC – Forest Stewardship Council, for Forestry Good Handling, Seta has been recommended to receive the FSC Green Seal.

To be certified by the FSC means to follow strict environmental, social and economic criteria, to allow a sustainable production, adopting the correct environmental practices, socially fair and economically viable.

The forest division includes investigators, engineers and technicians in this field and has a decisive role in the support and expansion of the acacia culture. This occurs due to the planting, maintenance and harvesting of the wattle trees and, also, due to the development of and transfer of technologies to the thousands of rural producers that are part of this business.

The company is committed to encouraging and contributing to the development of forest activity under environmental, social and economic precepts that guarantee sustainability for future generations.
Advantages The wattle culture provides various technical, environmental and socio-economic advantages. The growing of the Black Wattle trees, carried out principally by small and medium producers, today benefits today more than 40 thousand families in the south region of Brazil.

The forest, besides supplying the bark and the wood for commerce, permits the growing of other crops and can also be utilized as pasture land. The joint use of the natural resources, combined with good remuneration, makes this wattle culture one of the best investment options in the primary sector.